BioWare announced recently that Star Wars: The Old Republic will be going free to play this Fall. Those playing for free will be able to experience everything that the game has to offer with very few limitations, while subscribers will enjoy additional content and a special currency used for redeeming premium items. Here’s a blurb from the official TOS site regarding the upcoming change.
Starting this Fall, there will be two ways to enjoy the game. First, you can continue as a subscriber, which gives you unlimited access to all game features and future Game Updates at no additional charge. Second, you have the option to play free to Level 50, with game play restrictions that limit game options and access to certain game content. Our goal is to ensure that our current players continue to receive the AAA content they are used to and enjoy the new rewards. To that end, I am proud to say that we have a lot of great new content coming your way, and that it will be coming more frequently. We have a great lineup in development including: a new Operation, Terror From Beyond, a new heroic mission series on the planet of Belsavis; a set of level 50 space combat missions for those looking for the ultimate challenge mode; introduction of a dangerous new Companion to accompany you; and for our PvP fans, a new warzone, Ancient Hypergate!
Click here for the full news post on the TOR website. Despite the fact that the game is going free to play, BioWare is adamant that they will maintain a heavy development schedule that will see lots of new content arrive in the game world. This is an exciting change for The Old Republic since it is a very well made MMO, but many feel that it is not worth paying for due to many qualities TOR possesses that are strikingly similar to aspects of other MMOs such as Rift or World of Warcraft.
The Old Republic is still a very interesting MMO that is well worth at least checking out regardless of how much of a Star Wars fan you are. This Fall, everyone will get their opportunity to do so. Rejoice!